gambol

[gam-buhl]
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verb (used without object), gam·boled, gam·bol·ing or (especially British) gam·bolled, gam·bol·ling.
  1. to skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic.
noun
  1. a skipping or frisking about; frolic.

Origin of gambol

1495–1505; earlier gambold, gambald, gamba(u)de, from Middle French gambade, variant of gambado2
Can be confusedgamble gambol

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Related Words for gamboled

frolic, prance, cavort, caper, play, rollick, hop, romp, spring, bound, jump, revel, leap, cut, frisk, skip, lark, roister, sport

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British Dictionary definitions for gamboled

gambol

verb -bols, -bolling or -bolled or US -bols, -boling or -boled
  1. (intr) to skip or jump about in a playful manner; frolic
noun
  1. a playful antic; frolic

Word Origin for gambol

C16: from French gambade; see gambado ², jamb
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Word Origin and History for gamboled

gambol

n.

"frolic, merrymaking," 1590s, originally gambolde "a leap or spring" (c.1500), from Middle French gambade (15c.), from Late Latin gamba "horse's hock or leg," from Greek kampe "a bending" (on notion of "a joint"), from PIE *kamp- "to bend" (see campus).

gambol

v.

1580s; earlier gambade (c.1500), from Middle French gambader, from gambade (see gambol (n.)). Related: Gamboled; gamboling; gambolling.

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